As a brand new winery, Ricco Bambino is thrilled to have a chance to share their bright and electric wines with OWC members. To begin with, bubbles! Both the 2017 Very Troubled Child Rose Brut and 2017 Kicked Out of the Country Club Brut are made in the Charmat Method. Unlike Traditional Method fermentation, whereby the second fermentation happens in the bottle, with Charmat or Tank Method it takes place in a large, closed pressurized tank. Also called Metodo Italiano, this route is taken when you want to preserve the freshness and intensity of the grapes' aromas. Next is the 2017 Rose, made with 100% Cabernet Franc. This is a wild ferment in stainless steel for aromatic retention. This savoury rosé is an exceptional representation of land and a light hand in the winery. The 2017 Viognier is a single-vineyard wine. A wild ferment occurred in concrete at slightly warmer temperature for enhanced textural aspects followed by concrete ageing on gross lees for a further 6 months. This wine is unfined and unfiltered.
It’s very rare in the Okanagan to taste red wines that haven’t spent time in oak. Both of these reds are incredibly bright, juicy and structured. Both are also unfined and unfiltered for full palate concentration. The 2017 Merlot is layered with great texture and mouthwatering acidity and notes of concentrated blueberries, dark chocolate and fig. 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is big and beautiful. Look for flavours of blackberry, tobacco, violet and coffee. Decanting is recommended for both of these wines.
Ricco Bambino is proud to be a minimal intervention boutique winery, producing expressive, small batch, and single varietal offerings. Come for a taste, stay for a glass, leave with a bottle.